Why do we charge an Adoption Fee? Why so much?
Castaway Pet Rescue typically charges adoption fees from $200 to $400 depending on the age and breed of the dog. We actually prefer to call it an adoption donation instead of an adoption fee since we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This amount covers our cost for basic vet care for our healthy animals which includes spaying/neutering, age appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and 30 days of pet insurance. Frequently, medical expenses for a single dog far exceeds the adoption donation. A few days of emergency care can easily run over $1000. Many of our volunteers contributed personal funds to help offset costs for our dogs, but every single dollar recieved from adoption donations goes directly to care for our animals. Any “extra” received goes towards those dogs that require more extensive medical care. See our “Special Needs” section to see some of those animals. When we are able, we bring in dogs that may have some minor or even major health concerns as these types of dogs are more at risk of euthanasia than healthy ones.
In general, adopting a dog is much more economical than “buying” a dog from a store or breeder. A “purchased” dog plus vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip can easily exceed $2000 depending on the breed. $300 for a rescue dog with a tax write-off and the fact that you are saving a life seems like a no-brainer to us!
Can we do a sleep-over or a trial period?
Unfortunately no. We wish that we could since it does take some time for a dog’s true personality to emerge. Because of liability concerns and compliance to government authorities, we cannot offer trial periods. To reduce the risk in adoption we offer returns for the life of the dog (partial refund eligible if returned in the first 2 weeks following adoption). You can also reduce the risk in adoption by making an educated decision. We always encourage potential adopters to visit the dog for as long as necessary, to bring all members of the family (including other fur-kids), and to ask the foster home questions. The more we know about you and the more the foster home shares with you will all help to make a successful adoption.